Corticosteroid therapy in avian muscular dystrophy: evaluation by magnetic resonance relaxation times.


Genetically dystrophic chicks (line 413) were administered 0.3 mg/kg dexamethasone (DEX), a corticosteroid, from 2 to 28 days ex ovo. Diluent-injected dystrophic and normal (line 412) chicks served as controls. The effects of DEX on muscle function were evaluated weekly by the exhaustion score (ES) method. Proton magnetic resonance relaxation times, T1 and… (More)